FRC Demands Transparency in New HHS Proposed Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2014
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866)-372-6397

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Health and Human Services has released a confusing new proposed rule meant to inform health insurance consumers about what services they are paying for in their health care plans on the exchanges. The proposed rule would require consumers to be informed by their insurers about whether their insurance plans cover elective abortion.

Arina Grossu, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, made the following comments:

“The proposed rule requires individual market plans to list in their summaries of benefits coverage whether the plan covers or does not cover elective abortions. This is a step in the right direction toward transparency. However, there is still much work to be done to bring ACA coverage of abortion into the light of day. Our hope is that information about the abortion surcharge will be made readily accessible to all participants so they will know they are paying for it.

“This rule does not address the issue of transparency in the ACA abortion surcharge, nor did the November 26th proposed rule which was supposed to fix this lack of transparency. Under the new proposed rule, people still won’t know for certain if they are paying a separate abortion fee and how much that fee is. Every American deserves to know if their hard-earned dollars are being used to violate their consciences,” concluded Grossu.